Afratias and Kalamaki Beaches

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This large beach of Kalamaki (Reeds) runs down to Kommos: it is a well-developed one with umbrellas, sunbeds and showers

East of both Kokkinos Pyrgos and Katalyki is found Afratia, again basically a continuation of what is next door.

Afratias Beach

Situated east of the airport of Tymbaki, where runs the Geropotamos River, the largest in the region.

At the mouth of the river, close by the beach, an important wetland has formed – a shelter for many rare of types of birds.

The beach itself has small pebbles and – as ever in the area – is exposed to the strong southwesterly winds. No organization is to be found here.

Southeast of Kokkinos Pyrgos and Afratia beach is the settlement of Kalamaki and its beach.

Kalamaki Beach

This large beach of Kalamaki (Reeds) runs down to Kommos: it is a well-developed one with umbrellas, sunbeds and showers, as well as a lifeguard to protect the swimmers. Rent rooms and tavernas exist. The beach has coarse sand and smooth rocks in the sea. Like other beaches in the area, it is frequented by the loggerhead turtles (Kareta kareta) when laying their eggs.

If you go south from Kalamaki, you at once arrive at the next door beach of Kommos.

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Additional Info

  • location Timpaki, Phaistos, Heraklio
  • free camping Yes - in some areas
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • other facilities

    Yes (Kalamaki). There are umbrellas, sun beds and showers. Also, there is a lifeguard and water sports.

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Route at Asterousia

Afratias

Distance: 68 km from the city of Heraklion, 3 km from Tymbaki.

By car/motorcycle:
From the Northwest: Take the main road leading from Rethymnon to Tymbaki. From there after 2 km more you will reach Kokkinos Pyrgos. The beaches of Katalyki and Afratias essentially form a continuation of the beach of Kokkinos Pyrgos, to the west.
From the Northeast: Take the main road leading from Heraklion to Tymbaki, passing through Moires. From Tymbaki after 2 km more you will reach Kokkinos Pyrgos. The beaches of Katalyki and Afratias essentially form a continuation of the beach of Kokkinos Pyrgos, to the west.
By bus: Services run to Tymbaki from Heraklion.

Kalamaki

Distance: 65km from Heraklion.

By car/motorcycle:
From the Northwest:
Take the main road leading from Rethymnon to Tymbaki. Bypass Tymbaki and the military airport, go on to the junction for Kamilari. After passing through Kamilari, follow the road leading to the beach.
From the Northeast: Take the main road leading from Heraklion to Tymbaki, passing through Moires. Shortly before reaching Tymbaki, follow the signs to Kamilari and continue for approximately 6 km more beyond Kamilari, then take the road leading to the beach.
By bus: Services run to Kamilari from Heraklion. From there go by taxi or rental car to the beach.

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